Jerome Preisler – Civil War Commando

Civil War Commando

I knew this was a great book from the very first page.

Civil War Commando: William Cushing's Daring Raid to Sink the Invincible Ironclad C.S.S. Albemarle is a great book.

Civil War Commando is a fascinating story of Will Cushing, the United States Navy's first naval commando -- the man who has been cited by historians at the inspiration for Star Wars' Luke Skywalker character. Cushing's attack on the unsinkable Confederate ironclad Albemarle is one of the "greatest feat of arms in American military history."

If I could, I would nominate it for a Pulitzer Prize!

"I…recommend that Lieutenant William B. Cushing, US Navy,
receive a vote of thanks from Congress for his important, gallant and
perilous achievement in destroying the rebel ironclad steamer Albemarle."

–Abraham Lincoln to Congress, December 18, 1864

The author weaves a stunning account of this dramatic story of daring and personal revenge against an iron monster using primary source materials, contemporaneous journals, and archival military records. It is beautifully illustrated with photos, maps, and rare hand-drawn schematics not seen in over a 150 years. He brings to life Will Cushing's colorful life and career, and the groundbreaking naval tactics he developed that not only saved Abraham Lincoln's presidency, but were the foundation of the modern day Navy SEALs.

The audio version narrated by Pete Bradbury is great.

About the Author

Jerome is the prolific author. He's rather unassuming -- although he has plenty to brag about, including forty books of fiction and narrative nonfiction. And, by the way, all eight novels in the TOM CLANCY'S POWER PLAYS series were New York Times bestsellers!

NET FORCE:ATTACK PROTOCOL, released December 1, 2020, is the second novel in a relaunch the series co-created by Tom Clancy. A novella, NET FORCE: KILL CHAIN, was released in May 2020.

Some of his recent works of narrative history are CODE NAME CAESAR: The Secret Hunt for U-boat 864 During World War Two, and FIRST TO JUMP: How the Band of Brothers Was Aided by the Brave Paratroopers of Pathfinders Company.


 

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